War crimes

Universal jurisdiction law set to go through

By Martin Bright, July 14, 2011

Liberal Democrat peers made a final attempt this week to derail new measures to change the law on universal jurisdiction. Under the present system, magistrates can issue arrest warrants to foreign politicians and military figures accused of war crimes.

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On this day: John Demjanjuk charged

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

The old man who was wheeled into the German court may have had little resemblance to the young Nazi soldiers seen in photographs, but in May he was indeed found guilty of some of the most chilling war crimes.

He was sentenced to five years in prison but prosecutors agreed he could remain free pending an appeal.

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Nazi soldiers sentenced in Italy for massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

Nine former Nazis have been sentenced by an Italian military court for murdering civilians during the Holocaust.

The men, all of whom served as German soldiers, were convicted of killing more than 140 people in a massacre in the northern Italian Apennine mountains region. A further 24 were killed in nearby town.

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UK arrest scare for top Israeli

By Martin Bright, July 7, 2011

Former Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz made a visit to the UK last week in defiance of attempts to serve him with an arrest warrant for war crimes.

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World's 'No 3' Nazi dies without trial

By Nissan Tzur, June 23, 2011

Milivoj Asner, the world's third most wanted Nazi war criminal, died last week in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt, aged 98.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre rated him at 'number three' on their wanted list for overseeing the deportation of hundreds of Jews, Serbs and gypsies while serving as a police chief in Croatia during the Second World War.

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Arrest warrant lawyer helping rights groups

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

The lawyer at the forefront of the campaign to arrest Israelis for war crimes has been advising human rights organisations opposed to a reform to the universal jurisdiction law.

Daniel Machover is one of the founders of Lawyers for Palestinian Rights

The new Police and Social Responsibility Bill passes the power to issue warrants to the Director of Public Prosecutions when it previously lay

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On this day: Josef Mengele’s body is found

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

Four decades after the end of the Holocaust, the search for one of its most notorious war criminals continued. Known as the "angel of death", Josef Mengele spent the war performing inhumane and brutal "experiments" on prisoners in Auschwitz concentration camp, twins in particular.

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Death camp museum closed over money worries

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The museum at the Nazi death camp where convicted war criminal John Demjanjuk was a guard during the Holocaust has been closed because of a lack of funding.

Around 20,000 people visit the site of Sobibor death camp in eastern Poland every year to pay tribute to the 250,000 Jews and non-Jews who were murdered there.

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Estonia 'failing to investigate Nazis'

By Nissan Tzur, May 26, 2011

The Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip this week rejected a charge by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that his country has failed to investigate and prosecute Nazi war criminals.

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For relatives of Nazi victims, this is still not over

By Greville Janner, May 19, 2011

In the months before the Demjanjuk verdict was delivered, there were some who doubted the wisdom of putting the man on trial. Yes, they conceded, his crimes were grave - but so many years had passed that perhaps we should move on? His age, frailty and poor health were frequently cited, not least by Demjanjuk himself, who sought to avoid extradition to Germany on these grounds.

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